Hon. Carol W. Overton See Rating Details
Superior Court
Santa Clara County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.5 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 4 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

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What others have said about Hon. Carol W. Overton


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA25240
Judge Carol Overton has shown bias and little impartiality in a Civil Case where she is allowing a person who constantly calls, emails and files frivolous complaints ending in Judge Overton making unfair decisions where due process is simply thrown to the side.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA25237
This Judge is the most horrible Judge there.Completely ignores evidence and takes sides.

Her unfair Judgements cost lives and she should be removed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA22033
Judge Carol Overton should not be a judge and does not belong in this profession.

She is horrible!


Comment #: CA20073
The only positive thing I can say is that Judge Overton was fair in admonishing both sides in my trial. But as I took the stand, I could see her bench. It was a mess. She had papers turned upside down, she was drawing pictures and using a white out pen to erase parts of the drawings. She zeroed in on some rather petty issues and from my perspective didn't demonstrate much empathy or understanding for what it's like to live outside of her court room. She also barked at her clerks, who were as equally as confused as the rest of us due to the judge's unclear instructions. What an embarrassment to judges and a waste of my tax payer money.


Comment #: CA13524
If I could rate "Her Honor" with less than one star I would......she needs to be reminded constantly of the real world of the law. It might be helpful to her to spend some time outside of court to see what Plaintiff's and Defendent's lives are like with her judgements. Her court manners leave much to be desired, does not take positive criticism well. There is a reason for her low rating, and yes she does bite!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11471
Plan to be in Judge Overton's courtroom for a long time. Judge's calendar and clerk are often out of control. Judge is very biased against pro-per and defendants. Judge is very difficult to work with and will not give counsel any flexibility or time, unless you are a regular appearing attorney.


Comment #: CA9916
She is the worst Judge. She doesnot allow me to finish my statements. She is not looking at the evidences but more concerned about the future of the defendant(man). My whole lifestyle is completed altered and I hope the Judge realizes how Her decisions affect the Plaintiff's life on a daily basis.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7776
Actually is a nice person. Was a much better criminal court judge than civil judge. Now on Civil Bench, always interrupting while counsel are trying to argue their case or make a point; seems to lean towards to underdog and especially In Pro Per Parties. Bends over backwards to make them happy. Very gullible. Never practiced on her own; always worked a government job. Lacks the everyday understanding of what attorneys have to go through to deal with In Pro Per parties who owe money and simply lie in court and to everyone else. Needs vast improvement.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA6438
This judge is the worse judge ever. She ignores evidence, takes side of bad guys when she knew they repeatedly cheating and lying to people. Very disappointed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2875
Base on 7/19/2012 CMC hearing